It sounds like a joke:
What does a famous actor, an all-pro football player and a “Party King” have in common? The answer is they were all hanging with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer yesterday at the Super Bowl in New Orleans.
Yes, while most of us plebes were watching the game at home, Brewer was in the Big Easy with her son, Michael, Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald, Edward James Olmos and Scottsdale business man Jason Hope.
— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) February 4, 2013
Mathew Benson, the governor’s spokesman, says Hope invited Brewer and her son to travel to the game on his private jet. The Brewers, according to Benson, paid for their own tickets and left Sunday morning before jetting back immediately after the game.
Hope, for those of you who don’t know, was once referred to as the “Party King of Scottsdale” after throwing an extravagant $500,000 Christmas shindig at his pad here in the Valley.
According to the website Gawker.com, Hope paid $100,000 to rapper Ludacris, $17,500 to reality star Snooki, and $5,000 to ex-athlete and step-sire of the Kardashian clan, Bruce Jenner, to attend the 2010 party.
On a more serious note, Hope has also been accused of some shady business deals in the past. Hope is the owner of Jawa, a Scottsdale-based company that creates cell phone applications. In 2011, the firm was accused of participating in a “complex scam” to rip off Verizon customers, according to a lawsuit.
That same year, Hope agreed to a $2 million settlement with the State of Texas. According to the Phoenix Business Journal, the Lone Star State had been investigating Jawa for improper billing practices.